Research Update

Cristosal’s Center for Research & Learning is currently working with the non-profit Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to study how violence impacts their cacao development project along the coastal region of El Salvador. The 5-year project, called the "El Salvador Cacao Alliance," hopes to establish new cacao agroforestry systems on at least 10,000 smallholder farms in up to 83 municipalities throughout the country.

Despite recognition of widespread violence in El Salvador, there is little understanding of how this violence has impacted community development projects, and how agencies can mitigate these impacts. This study hopes to develop strategies NGOs can use as a model to mitigate or navigate the effects of crime and violence where they work.